Carpal Tunnel Surgery Performed at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute
For patients in DeKalb, IL, and surrounding areas, carpal tunnel surgery is performed at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute by orthopaedic surgeons and subspecialists who focus exclusively on treating conditions affecting the hand and wrist. Our hand and wrist surgeons are highly respected by both their patients and peers.
The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to address a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a passageway in the wrist that allows the median nerve and a series of tendons to pass from the forearm to the hand. Several conditions, such as arthritis, fractures, dislocated joints, fluid build-up, and tenosynovitis (swollen tendons), can cause the carpal tunnel to become narrower and place excess pressure on the median nerve. This condition, which is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, has several common symptoms. These include pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers, as well as a weak grip and a tendency to drop things.
For an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of symptoms like these, patients in DeKalb and the surrounding Illinois areas can consult with the hand specialists at MOI. Our diagnostic and treatment process begins with a thorough evaluation, including a physical examination and possibly X-rays, laboratory tests, and electrodiagnostic studies, followed by an in-depth discussion of a patient’s treatment options. In most cases, non-surgical approaches can be very effective for treating hand and wrist pain. Therefore, before considering carpal tunnel surgery, we generally advise our patients to try one or more conservative options, such as:
- Activity modification to change hand use patterns and limit positions and movements that place pressure on the median nerve
- Hand therapy designed to stretch and loosen the ligaments and tendons in the wrist (available from MOI’s Certified Hand Therapist)
- Splinting the wrist in a straight position to help reduce pressure on the median nerve
- Splinting the wrist at night to help relieve symptoms that disrupt sleep
- Steroid injections into the carpal tunnel to help reduce swelling around the median nerve
If a patient’s symptoms are severe or do not improve with non-surgical treatments, carpal tunnel surgery may be considered to make more room for the median nerve. By surgically releasing the ligament that forms the top of the carpal tunnel on the palm side of the hand, a surgeon can enlarge the passageway. In some cases, the symptoms resolve very quickly; in others, recovery from carpal tunnel surgery can take several months, and the symptoms may never completely go away.
At Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, we offer carpal tunnel surgery and other advanced treatments for a full range of hand and wrist conditions.